Saturday, February 24, 2007

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...TIMES SQUARE



From February 12 through 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sponsors a free exhibition called “MEET THE OSCARS” at Times Square Studios on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets in Manhattan. Last night I viewed the exhibition which showcases 50 newly minted golden statuettes (to be presented to winners at a future Academy Awards night), 2 statuettes that belonged to CLARK GABLE (for the movie “It Happened One Night”, 1934) and BETTE DAVIS (for “Jezebel”, 1938), and one statuette for the visiting public to hold and be photographed with. Each OSCAR weighs 8½ pounds and stands 13½ inches tall. Handmade yearly by R.S. Owens & Company in Chicago, the statuettes are made of britannium plated in copper, nickel, silver and finally, 24-karat gold. Britannium, a pewter-type alloy with a silvery appearance and smooth surface, is composed of tin (93%), antimony (5%) and copper (2%). Designed by Cedric Gibbons and sculpted by George Stanley, the Oscar statuette depicts a knight holding a sword and standing on a reel of film which has five spokes representing the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers). The nickname Oscar probably originated from a remark by an Academy librarian and eventual executive director who said the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar. Sans the red carpet, visitors and tourists who came to this exhibit had fun posing for photographs with a real Oscar statuette in their hands. And they didn’t have to deliver a thank you speech and get interrupted by the orchestra. As for me, it's a delight just to see and make pictures of the real Oscars.


7 comments:

Karl said...

Great capture! I love the story that went with it also.

jon go said...

i love your posts noel! i learn sooo much!!! thank you so much! aren't you glad you started this blog? :)

Noel Y. Calingasan said...

I appreciate it Karl and Jon. Thanks.

Irene Arboleda said...

I would have loved to watch this exhibit especially if given the chance to pose for the camera holding an Oscar...the perks of living in NYC,ey?:-)

Noel Y. Calingasan said...

Irene: that would have been nice if you were able to pose with a statuette. Maybe you'll have a chance next time. Just don't wear that Jennifer Hudson outfit.

Irene Arboleda said...

I know...how did they describe Jennifer Hudson's outfit, a cross between a Michael Jackson costume and Darth Vader...cruel and was it Armani, but I don't think so because Cate Blanchett don on a metallic silver Giorgio Armani Prive and it was a standout:-)

Noel Y. Calingasan said...

more like baked potato wrapped in aluminum foil! not Armani for sure.